Mock Tornado Warnings Issued Today

4/20/17 – Two mock tornado warnings will be issued in communities throughout Wisconsin today. It is part of the state’s Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week and is meant to allow people to practice their emergency response plans.  At 1 pm today, a tornado watch will be issued.  That will be bumped to a warning at 1:45 pm.  Sirens will sound in many local communities, and the warnings will be broadcast on many radio stations, including AM 1430 WBEV and 95.3 WXRO.  Dodge County Deputy Emergency Management Director Joe Meagher says second warning will be issued at 6:45pm so people can run through their response in a second setting.  The drills will happen if the sky is cloudy, dark, or rainy– but will be postponed to the same times tomorrow if actual severe storms are expected.  If storms are also possible Friday, the drills will be cancelled.  Wisconsin averages 23 tornadoes per year.  There were 16 in 2016, none in Dodge County with the closest near Brandon in Fond du Lac County on May 27. Dodge County has experienced 61 tornados since 1844.